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“Clever, well thought out and well delivered food that made us giggle”

Paul Ainsworth at No. 6
Ranked #6 of 92 Restaurants in Padstow
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$47
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary, British
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 4 June 2012

We were a family party of five celebrating a birthday, choosing between all of the many restaurants in Padstow. We are so pleased that we chose Paul Ainsworth's restaurant as we had a wonderful meal and lots of laughs.

We had a variety of starters, from beautifully soft haddock with a melting egg yolk on a bed of black pudding, to Cornish duck cooked Peking style with confit duck and an Asian-inspired dressing, to lambs kidneys and smoked mushrooms on toast. All were of superb quality and incredibly tasty. But it got better from there.

Two of the table had the Galloway fillet (40 day aged) and slow-cooked ox cheek. This was sublime and brilliantly cooked, as was the crispy sea bream with peas and Cornish new potatoes and potted shrimp. But the highlight was the slow-cooked ham knuckle trotter with unimaginably crispy crackling slices and bramley apple sauce with Cornish cyder.

We then moved onto the sugar overload of dessert. For those who have seen Paul cook on the Great British Menu, they will recognise both his 2011 (Trip to the Fairground) and 2012 (chocolate cake with caramac sauce and pistachio and olive oil cake topped with feta). We enjoyed both shared around the table, giggling with pleasure throughout.

The service was informative, friendly and informal - just right for the style of the place. And it was terrific value at £80 per head including generous amounts of great wines.

Would we go back? Absolutely yes, without a moment's hesitation. And I'd want both the trotter and the ox cheek!

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Reviewed 2 June 2012

Excellent service and superb food. The rhubarb based cocktail was really good, the fish was fresh and plentiful and the dessert was divine. A great night out.

Date of visit: May 2012
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Reviewed 1 June 2012

Four of us ate here on Friday 25th May and it was fantastic. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent.

Date of visit: May 2012
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Thank Sue M
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

Visited the restaurant prime time sat 10th march thoroughly looking forward to the occasion. as soon as we walked through the front entrance we could hear what turned out to be a loud couple who where wandering around trying forcibly to engage people in conversation while phoning their family and friends to provide blow by blow accounts of their day, meal and life story. As we were seated (beside this couple) we where informed they where very drunk, in fact came in drunk, and would be leaving soon. Unfortunately they were plied with more free drinks as it was a "special occasion" for them, and we were left to endure their company along with 5 other tables who also looked on incredulously at their behavior. We were all astounded that front of house mishandled the couple by offering them further drinks even though they had acknowledged themselves that the couple's behavior was unacceptable. For a restaurant of this class the front of house staff seemed very young and inexperienced at handling what should have been a simple matter of encouraging the couple into the exit lounge and considering other diners.

The food was good but overshadowed by the above experience. We did not feel like staying to try the 'trip to the fairground' - as we felt we already had!

Date of visit: March 2012
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

This is our 3rd visit to Paul's restaurant over the past 2 years and the standard never alters. The restaurant is not the largest establishment we have eaten in but it makes up with the decor which is mainly contempory, friendly staff who were attentive but not overwhelming which you can find when they are trying too hard. This place is not stuffy more laid back.
The food was faultless having eaten in all the best in this area. Paul is probably one of the top up and coming chefs in the country at the moment. He is very hands on in the kitchen, having had the fortune to be shown round during service which looks chaotic but organized, his team all know what’s required and its delivered. Value for money its in a league of its own and it deserves a Michelin star for being able to provide this quality at the price.
It takes us 5 hours to drive to Padstow and its worth every minute to eat at No 6. Keep up the good work

Date of visit: May 2012
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Thank Brian191
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